Reporters paid by Scientologists to investigate St. Pete Times 'proud of the work we did'

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"We took great care in insuring that our work was free of all outside interference by any entity, including the Church of Scientology," say Christopher Szechenyi, Steve Weinberg and Russell Carollo. Neil Brown, executive editor of Poynter's St. Petersburg Times, refused to answer their questions, and says that "only upon pressing them, found out they were being paid ... by the Church of Scientology." || Related.

  • Jim Romenesko

    From 1999 to 2011, Jim Romenesko maintained the Romenesko page for the Poynter Institute, a Florida-based non-profit school for journalists. Poynter hired him in August of 1999, after seeing his MediaGossip.com, a hobby site he started in May of 1999.

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